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Man shot in Kansas City after declining to make change for a $20 bill: police

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A man told police that he was shot during an attempted robbery Wednesday evening in Kansas City after he refused to make change for a $20 bill, police said.

Police responded to the shooting about 7:30 p.m. after a man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, according to the Kansas City Police Department.

The victim told police he was at a store on the corner of East 51st Street and Prospect Avenue when he was approached by a person who asked for change for a $20 bill, police said.

The victim, however, declined and walked to his car. The robber followed, pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

When the victim refused to hand over his money, the robber shot him. The victim went to a hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

No suspect information was available.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
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